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AirAsia Flight 8501: What Makes Thunderstorms Such a Threat to Airliners

AirAsia Flight 8501: What Makes Thunderstorms Such a Threat to Airliners

Lightning is seen through the window of

It’s been two days since AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared over the Java Sea, and still there’s no sign of the missing plane or the 162 people aboard. It is, of course, all but impossible to know at this point just what went wrong, but we do know the flight’s planned route to Singapore would have taken it through clusters of thunderstorms, and we know the crew moved west of their course to avoid clouds.   Continue reading

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